ICT4D: Information and Communication Technology for Development

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 9, 2009 - Computers - 386 pages
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ICT4D provides an authoritative account of the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in contemporary development practice. It combines theory with practical guidance - including both a conceptual framework for understanding the rapid development of ICT4D. Case studies provide detailed examples of issues and initiatives from a variety of countries and organisations. ICTs are becoming increasingly significant in improving the impacts of development practice. However, ICT4D projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America have not always been as effective as their proponents had hoped. This book explores both the successes and the challenges facing such initiatives, and provides clear recommendations for how they can be developed in more sustainable ways for the benefit of poor people and marginalised communities. ICT4D is essential reading for anyone involved in planning, designing or implementing ICT4D initiatives. N.B. Not endorsed by CIE, but can offer support material for CIE centres.
 

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Contents
1 Introduction; Part 1 – Contextual framework: 2 Development agendas and the place of ICTs; 3 Information and communication in development practices; 4 The technologies: identifying
appropriate solutions for development needs; 5 The implementation of ICT4D initiatives; Part 2 – Practical applications: 6 ICTs, enterprise and development; 7 ICT in education: catalyst for development; 8 E-health: information and communication technologies for health; 9 E-government and e-governance; 10 Information and communication technologies for rural development; 11 Conclusions. 

Contents

Contextual framework
7
Information and communication in development practices
39
identifying appropriate solutions
76
policies and partnerships
125
ICT4D national policies and strategies
150
Multistakeholder partnerships and the implementation
159
Delivering effective ICT4D partnerships
170
Practical applications
177
catalyst for development
206
information and communication technologies
249
Egovernment and egovernance
283
Information and communication technologies for rural
321
Conclusions
360
Index
376
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